3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (25 -27 July, 2014)

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend plus some bonus suggestions from our social media pals.

    • Fancy a trip out of town? Head to Tatton Park to see and smell the spectacle that is the RHS Flower Show. On now until Sunday, this sensory spectacle is bursting with vibrant colour and summer perfumes. Whether you fancy a family day out, want some expert gardening advice or to simply enjoy a glass of Pimms surrounded by amazing floral displays, this is the place to be this weekend.
    • Explore the fascinating world that lies within Manchester Town Hall’s Clock Tower on one of this weekend’s tours. See behind the giant clock faces, observe the working mechanism of the historic clock, hear the bells of this musical tower chime and see Great Abel, the huge hour bell, up close. Once you’ve climbed the 173 steps of the narrow stone spiral staircase, you’ll see Manchester’s best 360 degree panoramic outdoor view over the roof tops and beyond. Multiple tours will be running on both Saturday and Sunday.
    • If there is a large football sized hole in your life since the World Cup ended, you can get your footie fix with a trip the National Football Museum. The museum is home to the world’s largest football collection, including the ball from the 1966 World Cup Final and iconic shirts worn by Bobby Moore, Pelé, Maradona and more. Throughout the summer visitors can also enjoy 2-4-1 Football Plus+ credits which allows you to prove your skills, compete with friends and get a great memento of your visit.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

      • ‏‏@ShopMCR: Late night shopping in Manchester tonight & tomorrow to celebrate #Eid http://www.visitmanchester.com/eid
      • @NewMcrwalks: For a #Manchester Town Hall tour with great stories, witty anecdotes, expert analysis, this Sun 2.30pm Midland Hotel start
      • ‏@CGManchester: @CGManchester have the artist @LouisSidoli in the gallery from 2pm tomorrow! #castlegalleries pic.twitter.com/eeBcfahLeP
      • ‏@MCRGuidedTours: Fri 25th July get out of the office this eve and enjoy a pub walk! 18:30 hrs “The Northern Quarter” heritage, beer and sunshine!
      • ‏@strictlywheels: Come to @wythygames and try #wheelchair #dancing with @SWDance

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

      • Leesa Chester: Mini Makers fair at MOSI.
      • Helen Stewart: Whitefield Artisan Market, Hamilton Road Park, Whitefield M45 8QN. Summer Fashion, Local Organic produce, Cakes, Coffee, Veg, Meats, Jewellery, Candles and loads more. 9.30am to 2.30am. Support Local traders!
      • Emma Brewer: Up in your grill Friday and Saturday
      • Sarah Wilson-Gibbons: Hey Little Cupcake in Spinningfields for a spot of Afternoon Tea!
      • Kim Hutson: Ordsall Hall this Sunday! It’s open from 1pm-4pm and this week they have a guitar and ukulele workshop, walking tour AND it’s the start of the summer holiday quiz (the prize is a pea plant!) and the summer make & take (which involves paper plates!) – http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/whats-on
      • Garry Collier: Afternoon tea at the #doubletreemcr
      • Edie O’hara: Designs Cotton couture exhibition Manchester Art Gallery – go see classic fashion shapes http://www.manchestergalleries.org/…/exhib…/index.php
      • Brian Madden: Come see Hamlet Private Eye at Joshua Brooks 2.30pm on Sunday
      • Mark Owen: Have an amble around the Arndale, pop into the Royal Exchange and be amazed (guarantee you’ll be there an hour at least if you haven’t visited before). Nip over to Deansgate via Waterstones thru St Ann’s Square (there will be quality busking as you walk). Come out of the Deansgate exit from Watersones and hang a left towards Castlefield. Right after Dimitris and left into Castlefield. Walk down towards the canals. Cross the bridge and have a sit down on one of the benches and chill. Walk a little further and cross under the bridge, up the steps, hang a left and maybe pop into Atlas for a coffee or a livener? Up the road, bow to the Hacienda as you cross (!), mosey up to Cornerhouse for a further livener??? Repeat
      • Dan Dilla Fryar: Tonight is the 25th Birthday of Dry Bar. Get down before 9 for a glass of champers at the venue that kick started the NQ regeneration!

*Did you know you can buy discounted tickets for the following regional attractions from our Visitor Information Centre: Legoland, Sealife Centre, MCFC Tour, Tatton Park, Chester Zoo and Alton Towers. All tickets are cheaper than on the gate and the big advantage is that they are fast track tickets so there is no waiting in a long queue. Ask in store for details.


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